Post # 1
Ugh, I’ve had acne for a long time. It was REALLY bad about a year and half ago. At that point, I went on birth control, which helped a lot. I tried various products and finally found a combination that worked fairly well for me. I still use the same products today. This is what I use:
Cleanser: Purpose cleansing bar
Daytime Lotion: Olay Complete moisturizer w/ SPF 15
Nighttime Lotion: Olay Beauty Fluid
I also use 5% Benzoyl Peroxide every night
I use Mineral Hygienics foundation, but I don’t wear makeup that often.
I’ve never been completely acne free, but these products have worked really well for me. However, lately, I’ve been breaking out a lot more. I’m thinking of changing my routine a little bit, but I’ve wasted so much money on products that made my skin worse, such as Proactiv and other similar systems. I don’t want a routine full of super harsh products – just simple, gentle, non-comedogenic products and then one product to actually treat the acne.
So do any of you have any suggestions? What routine has worked for you to clear up acne?
I also have quite a bit of scarring – everything I’ve tried for scars ends up breaking me out. Any suggestions of a product to help with this?
Post # 3
My sister had great success with Proactive. I know people have mixed reviews.
Post # 4
I use salyclic acide instead of benzoyl peroxide, It’s gentler on my skin and doesn’t cause as many problems for me. I use oil control products to keep my breakouts at bay.
Post # 5
Burt’s Bees facial cleanser worked miracles with my skin. I didn’t realize how sensitive my skin was until I started washing with a product with less chemicals. No more redness and splotchiness! I use their pomegranate night cream and will occasionally use Bliss’s pore perfect face mask.
Post # 6
Avon Clearskin Professional is amazing! Check out some reviews! http://reviews.avon.com/5588/34753/reviews.htm
I think I bought mine from Amazon. Shop around for best price.
Post # 7
Also I’ve found that the Oil of Olay with SPF tends to make me get breakouts.
Post # 8
Aveeno Active Naturals products work really well for me, and you can get them at Walmart and Target.
Post # 9
Have you been to acne.org? They sell benzoyl peroxide 2.5%, as apparently studies have shown that it’s just as effective as higher percentages, without the harsh skin side effects. They also sell an AHA lotion which is AMAZING!!! It’s also a lot cheaper than the drugstore brands. (The AHA will definitely help your scarring, too! It did for me.)
After a lot of struggle with my skin, I finally found a routine that works for me!
I wash my face twice a day with Neutrogena Deep Clean Long-Last Shine Control Cleanser/Mask. I then use a thin layer of the benzoyl peroxide 2.5% lotion. At night, I follow this step with the AHA lotion, and then Aveeno ultra-calming daily moisturizer. In the morning, I skip the AHA and just use the lotion after the benzoyl peroxide.
For years, I struggled with oily, red, irritated skin…..since I’ve started this regimen, I have maybe one pimple every three months or so.
I use everydayminerals foundation, which is really gentle, and when I’m feeling oily, I use these blotting powders I get from sally beauty http://www.sallybeauty.com/blotting-tissue/PLADIO5,default,pd.html?cm_vc=SEARCH (side note- these are the only blotting papers I’ve ever used that don’t mess up my makeup!!!!!!!!)
Post # 10
My issue isn’t my face, but my shoulders and upper back. I went back on BCP’s soon after our engagement to help with this and I’ve been using Clinique’s acne wash on my face and upper-back/shoulders. My skin’s managed to stay pretty clear, but I would like any suggestions on spot treatment for the week of the wedding in case I get any blemishes. There’s nothing cute about wearing a strapless gown with my hair up and having a big blemish on my back.
Post # 11
@MrsSaltWaterTaffy: What salycic acid product do you use? I used to use it, but the products I tried were never strong enough to control my acne. But the benzoyl peroxide does irritate my skin sometimes.
@floridagirlblue: Do you have any suggestions for a better moisturizer? I definitely need one with SPF. Now that I’ve been using SPF every day, I have noticed that the scarring is less noticeable. Also, without SPF, the sun brings out my freckles which I hate, lol.
Post # 12
The only thing that has ever helped me were prescription meds. I see my dermatologist once a month. I use the cleanser and moisturizer he sells in the office.
Post # 13
- Neutrogena Deep Clean Cream Cleanser (morning and night)
- Dickinson’s Witch Hazel (as a toner)
- Clearasil Ultra Rapid Action Seal-to-Clear Gel or Oil-Free Acne Stress Control 3-in-1 Hydrating Acne Treatment — whichever I manage to pick up at the time (both Salyclic Acid). I use it in the morning.
- Clearsil Adult Acne Treatmeant (a sulfur product) which I use at night.
Thankfully this keeps my skin great-looking. I have had mild but persistent acne since I was a teen, and am really contemplating Accutane.